HWANGE coach Bigboy Mawiwi has branded their Premiership match against fellow relegation fighters Shabanie Mine at Maglas tomorrow as a Cup final. The mining teams are involved in a fierce battle for survival with the season now approaching the finishing line.Mawiwi yesterday said Hwange, who have now gone five games unbeaten, need maximum points to enhance their chances of playing Premiership football again next year.
“This is going to be more of a Cup final because at the end of the day it’s either us sinking or them going down,’’ he said.
“So, we are ready for the game and it looks like it’s going to be a tough assignment for us because Shabanie are playing well at home. It’s been difficult for us but the good thing is we are beginning to see some good signs. That win against a team like Highlanders was a very good result because it boosts confidence but then my worry is there was a break in-between. Usually, when a team picks form and there is a break, there is a chance that the stoppage might disturb the rhythm. But I pray it won’t happen to us.’’
Hwange beefed up their squad with a number of seasoned players like Nathan Ziwini, Elvis Meleka, Crybert Muvuti, Crispen Dickson and teenage sensation Delic Murimba. Harare City, who are still fresh from winning the Chibuku Super Cup, will host Black Rhinos at Rufaro tomorrow. It also promises to be a dog-eat-dog affair as Rhinos are also fighting for their safety on 39 points. Bulawayo City have to fight for their lives against title aspirants Dynamos at Barbourfields while Yadah have a date against giants CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium.
Bulawayo City v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Ngezi Platinum v Chicken Inn (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Triangle (Nyamhunga), Harare City v Black Rhinos (Rufaro), Chapungu v Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Tsholotsho v FC Platinum (Luveve), CAPS United v Yadah (NSS), Shabanie Mine v Hwange (Maglas)
Highlanders v How Mine (Barbourfields)